The Deore gears and Suntour Raidon fork are essentially the same as the Voodoo Bizango for less than half the price. While it’s OK at that price it’s certainly not a fork we’d normally be happy to see the far side of £1,000 either. So why was the Scale one of our favourite bargain rides and one of the bikes we really wanted to keep afterwards?
Rather than raking out the fork enduro style like most plus tyre bikes we’ve ridden, Scott keeps the steering angle relatively steep
It’s a two part answer, and the first part — perhaps controversially — is plus sized tyres. While we’ve been testing them all year, it’s mostly been on more expensive bikes where comparable conventional tyres have been backed up by sorted, sensitive suspension forks.
However, it’s immediately obvious that plus tyres can make comparatively crap, clunky suspension feel better than something like a RockShox Sektor and a conventional tyre.
You get the same smoothing, semi suspension effect out back, but even more so in this case as the Scott Scale has a very high quality race ready frame anyway.
Schwalbe’s plus tyresRussell Burton
The Schwalbe plus tyres themselves are really good too, seemingly more survivable than most, when tubeless, as well as — weirdly — both faster and grippier.
Rather than raking out the fork enduro style like most plus tyre bikes we’ve ridden, Scott keeps the steering angle relatively steep, making it much easier to twist the bigger, stickier contact patch round to change direction or correct lines.
Add a 12.61kg weight and you’ve got an outstandingly floated and trail smoothing ride that’s rapid and responsive enough to leave conventional hardtails standing.
Scale 720 Plus
Geometry based on size Large
Top Tube (in)
Standover Height (in)
Seat Tube (in)
Bottom Bracket Height (in)
Stainless Black 15G / 1.8mm
Shimano Deore SL-M610 Rapidfire plus
Syncros FL2.5 / 31.6mm
Schwalbe Rocket Ron / 2.80x27.5 67EPI Kevlar Bead / Dual compound Performance Series